Posts Tagged ‘The Incredible Melting Man’

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Kolchak!

December 9, 2012

X-Mas courtesy eBay!

Well, as I wrote some time ago, I initially intended to name The Norliss Tapes either Kolchak, or Kolchak: The Night Stalker after the cult classic 70s tv-series with the same name. This was changed early on as I realized it sounded like a super-corny black metal or death metal name, and bands and musicians got enough struggling to do these days without adding the extra burden of having a name that’ll confuse music fans as exactly what sort of genre they can expect.

Anyway, a predecessor to Chris Carter‘s The X-Files if there ever was one, the debut made-for-tv horror movie Kolchak: The Night Stalker starred Darren McGavin as the tenacious reporter Carl Kolchak who’s convinced that a series of connected murders in Las Vegas are not the work of a serial killer but a modern-day vampire. Originally aired in 1972 the movie was a major hit (it aired in 1 out of 3 American homes) and spawned not only the follow-up movie Kolchak: The Night Strangler but also the ABC tv series that ran one season before folding. Producer Dan Curtis went on to The Norliss Tapes that oddly enough bombed and wasn’t picked up for a series – roughly 20 years later that same concept made Carter a rich man. Read more about that here.

Now, browsing on eBay during a short coffee break earlier today I decided to see whatever memorabilia was available and just lucked out with this  8″x10″ color “lobby card” for the pilot. Pure awesomeness! It’s gonna look great on my living room wall next to The Incredible Melting Man and The Exterminator. And while on the subject: If you don’t wanna buy the two DVD boxes that collects both the tv movies as well as the series separately (available on Amazon.com), how ’bout checking it out on YouTube:

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Angry Samoans

August 10, 2012

Well, keeping up with the subject of my previous post I gotta admit the main reason I picked the lobby card for The Incredible Melting Man was not only because I thought it’s a cool movie, the photo itself reminded me so much of the sleeve for The Angry Samoans second album Back From Samoa. Released in 1982 it’s a tongue-in-cheek, un-PC piece of classic US hardcore filled to the brim with ahem, colorful song titles and clocking in at around 15 minutes. One of my faves is the 50-second Lights Out, check out the comic I found based on the lyrics:

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eBay II

August 10, 2012

Well, to be honest this feels a bit shallow considering the pretty heavy theme of my previous post, but the mail man brought me this yesterday – in turn bringing me personal joy and a somewhat childish glee. Yes, I’m getting into the whole genre poster collector scene and recently purchased my first lobby card on eBay: this little beaut from AIPs 70s classic The Incredible Melting Man. It set me back twenty bucks including int’l shipping and will look great framed on my living room wall.

With special effect wizardry from legendary Rick Baker (check out his page on IMDB!) The Incredible Melting Man is a horror sci-fi story about an astronaut getting exposed to radiation during space flight and once back on Earth starts to melt – needing to feed on human flesh in order to survive. Receiving some negative reviews (it’s actually among the bottom 100 titles on IMDB) I still consider it to be a nice piece of 70s schlock. Check out the trailer:

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